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Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are working together to provide inmates hand-on-training in the equestrian field.

Under the guidance of experienced animal trainers, wild horses obtained from BLM are domesticated so that they can be offered for adoption. This program is known as our Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP). In WHIP, inmates:

  • Work to learn about the care and treatment of animals, while building self-confidence.
  • Learn the value of patience, warmth and respect for all living things.
  • Gain employable skills they can use upon release.

We operate in a state-of-the-art facility and employ a staff of professional horse trainers who provide horsemanship, animal husbandry and farrier skills.  Our facilities, in the town of Florence, Arizona, include a training center within the prison itself, where up to 30 wild horses and 20 wild burros are being trained.

Horses and burros are fed and cared for at the Florence BLM holding facility, across from the prison complex, a mile from the intersection of Butte Avenue and Route 79 in Florence.

You Can Adopt a BLM Wild Horse or Burro in Arizona Year Round

Please review the adoption/sale fees and BLM requirements for adopting one of these beautiful animals. To request a tour of either facility or arrange an adoption, please contact us.


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